(OCALA, Fla.) May 5, 2010 — “American Masters from the Collection of John and Jean Wilkinson” is on exhibition at the Appleton Museum of Art of Central Florida Community College. Presented in the second floor gallery, the exhibition features 19 paintings representing some of the most important American art movements ranging from the 19th century Hudson River School to early 20th century modernism.

Regular daily admission is $6 for adults; $4 for seniors 55 or better and students 19 and over; $3 for youths ages 10-18; and free for members, CF students, children age 9 and under, and active military personnel and their immediate families.

Local residents John and Jean Wilkinson have amassed a collection of masterpieces by several of America’s finest artists. Their collection includes many works by members of the Hudson River School, a loose-knit group of artists who hiked throughout the Hudson River Valley in the mid-19th century and painted awe-inspiring vistas of the great American outdoors. Among these artists are Alfred Thompson Bricher, John Bunyan Bristol, Thomas Cole and Thomas Pope. Their artwork emphasized dramatic natural elements such as mists and sunsets, captured America’s pristine landscapes and heavily influenced succeeding generations of artists including George Inness, George Herbert McCord, Jane Petersen and Anthony Thieme. The artwork will be on exhibition through July 25.

In addition to this exhibition, the Appleton Museum is currently presenting two other temporary exhibitions. “Southern Journeys: African-American Artists of the South” is on exhibit in the Edith Marie Special Exhibition Gallery through May 23 and “Florida Journeys: African-American Artists from the Sunshine State” is featured in the Balcony Gallery through May 30.

Guests at the Appleton Museum may also view permanent collections of European, American and Contemporary art, plus Asian, African and pre-Columbian artifacts and antiquities. The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays. A 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for all college students and current or retired educators. Owned and operated by Central Florida Community College, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit